Sadly the historical and iconic Daylesford Boat House Cafe on the bank of Lake Daylesford was burnt down on the 8th of December 2012.
The Cafe has been an admired attraction and restaurant since the 1990s.
The original building 'the boathouse' was built in the 1930s soon after Lake Daylesford was completed and officially opened in 1929.
This is the newspaper report from the 'Advocate' the next day.
The Cafe was built around the original boathouse, in the 1990s the original building was extended to create the unique restaurant by the lake. The project was completed by Architect Clinton Krause and he hopes that it will be rebuilt.
More detail is in these newspaper articles.
December 10 - Daylesford Hopes for a Rebirth of a Grander Cafe
December 11 - Residents look to Rebuild
December 12 - Visitor devastated by loss
February 2013 - Changes in store for Daylesford Lake precinct
July 10, 2013 - Daylesford's Boathouse Cafe To Be Rebuilt
July 7, 2013 - Excitement for the return of the Boathouse Cafe rises
These images date back to 1930s and they show a very young Lake Daylesford and surrounding buildings which some of them are still standing today.
You may recognise a few of them.
The original boathouse is directly behind the swan.
This image shows the boathouse by itself near the top of the photo and central, this image is recorded as being taken in 1936.
This boat is typical of what was used for cruises around the lake, row boats were also very popular. This boat may have been stored in the boathouse.
The Cafe has been admired from many angles as locals and visitors walked around the 'Peace Mile' walking track or enjoyed a picnic on the banks of Lake Daylesford.
Many visitors and locals have been to the Cafe for meals while enjoying the view.
The padleboats are extremely popular activity for having fun, when not in use they are parked behind the boathouse.
The view from the Cafe was stunning, the different seasons and weather conditions constantly changed.
The familiar sight of the Cafe could be seen from every part of the lake along with the stunning natural surrounding bushland and manicured grassed areas.
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